WWE SmackDown Viewership Increases For Steel Cage Main Event

A good jump from last week's dip

Friday night's edition of WWE SmackDown saw a sizable increase in viewership, on the strength of an advertised steel cage match between Daniel Bryan and Jey Uso.

Per Showbuzz Daily, SmackDown averaged 2,166,000 viewers across its two hour broadcast on Friday night, up 115,000 (six percent) from last week's average of 2,051,000.

The first hour averaged 2,153,000 viewers, while the second increased to 2,179,000.

In 18-49, SmackDown pulled a .60 rating, up from last week's .50.

The demo ratings and shares through the night remained consistent from hour one to hour two, with one unusual exception: though the total viewership increased for the second hour, the men's 18-49 demo for hour two dropped to a .50, after doing a .60 in the first hour.

Nonetheless, the men's 18-49 was up from a .45 average a week ago.

SmackDown finished second in its time slots in 18-49, behind only ABC's Shark Tank. For the entire night, it tied for second in the 18-49 demo (with the 10 pm airing of 20/20), and tied for first in 18-34 with a .30 rating (with Shark Tank).

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In addition to writing lists and commentaries for Cultaholic, Justin is also a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine, and is co-author of the WWE-related book Titan Screwed: Lost Smiles, Stunners, and Screwjobs.